Blue Plaques

London’s blue plaques

London’s famous blue plaques link the people of the past with the buildings of the present. Now run by English Heritage, the London blue plaques scheme was started in 1866 and is thought to be the oldest of its kind in the world.

Across the capital 1,000 plaques, on buildings humble and grand, honour the notable women and men who have lived or worked in them. Discover some of the people commemorated with blue plaques, or search for a plaque, below.

The English Heritage London blue plaques scheme is generously supported by David Pearl and members of the public.

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A black and white photograph of the WFL caravan tour in 1908. Four WLF members are shown in and outside of the caravan.
Members of the Women’s Freedom League taking part in the league’s ‘caravan tour’ in 1908
© LSE Library

New plaques in 2023

2023 blue plaque recipients are recognised across several fields, including the arts, music, social reform and activism. Over the year we’ve unveiled plaques to Yehudi Menuhin, Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, Emily Wilding Davison, Marie Spartali StillmanAda Salter, Richard Price, Tommy Flowers, Ronald Firbank, Claudia Jones, and Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.

The plaque unveiled in September 2023 at the former headquarters of the suffragist organisation the Women’s Freedom League (WFL) is London’s 1,000th blue plaque.

Read about the Women’s Freedom League
Black and white photograph of Oscar Wilde and ‘Bosie’ Douglas
Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas at Oxford in 1893
© Hulton Archive/Stringer/Getty Images

London Pride: LGBTQ+ stories

From Oscar Wilde to Virginia Woolf, explore London’s LGBTQ+ history through the stories associated with the city’s blue plaques.                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Explore London’s LGBTQ+ history

Plaques for women

Only 15 per cent of London’s blue plaques celebrate women. We don't think that’s good enough. Since 2016, when we first launched our ‘plaques for women’ campaign, more than half of the people awarded plaques have been women, but only a third of the public nominations were for women. Nominations are the life blood of the London blue plaques scheme. If you know of a woman who deserves a blue plaque and meets the selection criteria, nominate her now.

Propose a woman for a blue plaque

Blue plaque stories

Behind every plaque is a story. From the creative output of international composers to campaigns for women’s rights, discover the personal stories and historic achievements of London’s notable former residents with our series of in-depth stories.

Discover the stories behind the plaques
A portrait of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, by Michele Gordigiani in 1858
At the age of 15, Elizabeth Barrett Browning suffered the onset of a mystery illness which also affected two of her sisters
© National Portrait Gallery London

Living with disability

We commemorate people from all walks of life, some of whom lived with disability. For some, their disability was a difficulty to be navigated, often in a hostile environment. For others, it changed the course of their lives, and was in some cases central to the achievement for which they're celebrated.

We explore stories of people with both visible and hidden impairments, and consider the impact disability had on their lives.

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Heroes of Health

Advances in the control, treatment and cure of illness and disease have depended on the work of many talented individuals. The London blue plaques scheme celebrates figures of outstanding achievement in this area. We explore  their significant medical breakthroughs and public health reforms.

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A painting of Ira Aldridge in the role of Othello on a West End stage.
Ira Aldridge, ‘the Celebrated American Tragedian‘, in the role of Othello
© Dea Picture Library / Getty Images

Celebrating London’s Black History

From musicians to politicians, discover some of the pioneering black figures whose achievements are celebrated with London’s blue plaques.                                                                                                                                                                    

Find out more about London’s Black History

Blue Plaques App

The official blue plaques app is now available to download for free for iPhone and Android. Use the app to follow guided walks around Soho and Kensington, or explore all of the 900 plaques by finding ones nearby and searching for your favourite figures from history.

From Sylvia Pankhurst’s former home in Chelsea to Jimi Hendrix’s flat in Mayfair, let English Heritage’s blue plaques guide you through the streets of London.

Download the free app now from the Apple App Store for iPhone or the Google Play Store for Android.

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